We first saw the Mazda2 sedan at the Bangkok motor show earlier this year and now Mazda Australia has launched the two model line-up to complete the Mazda2 hatchback and sedan range.
The third generation Mazda2 sedan can lay claim to being the most fuel efficient Mazda in the entire Mazda line-up with claimed fuel consumption figure of just 4.9L/100km.ange
Mazda2 Sedan Overview
The 2015 Mazda2 sedan is available in two model grades, with 2 engine choices matched to either a 6-speed auto or manual transmission.
Highlights on the entry-level Mazda2 Neo sedan include Air-conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, multifunction steering wheel, 15” steel wheels, 4 speaker stereo with USB and AUX inputs. Neo comes with front, side and curtain airbags, ABS, DSC ESS and rear parking sensors
The Mazda2 Maxx sedan gains alloy wheels, leather wrapped gear lever, handbrake and steering wheel, 7”inch touch screen, MZD connect, 6 speakers, reverse camera and internet radio integration.
Mazda2 Sedan Line-up and Pricing:
|Mazda2 Neo Sedan||1.5 litre petrol||6MT||$14,990|
|Mazda2 Neo Sedan||1.5 litre petrol||6AT||$16,990|
|Mazda2 Maxx Sedan||1.5 litre petrol||6MT||$17,690|
|Mazda2 Maxx Sedan||1.5 litre petrol||6AT||$19,690|
Mazda2 Sedan Engine
The Mazda2 sedan will offer the same excellent engine line-up as its hatchback sibling.
The Mazda2 sedan will ship with a choice two 1.5-litre petrol engines with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Drive will be via the front wheels.
The entry-level Neo sedan is matched to the smaller of the two engines, it good for 79kW of power at 6000rpm and peak torque of 139Nm at 4000rpm.
The Mazda2 Maxx sedan scores the higher-compression version with fuel-saving i-stop technology that produces 81kW of power at 6000rpm and peak torque of 141Nm at 4000rpm.
We expected the automatic transmissions to be a little sluggish but t performed better than the manual version.
Combined-cycle fuel consumption is as low as 4.9l/100kms.
Mazda2 Sedan Interior
All of the latest cars coming from Mazda have class leading interiors and the new 2015 Mazda2 sedan continues the tradition.
The use of quality materials coupled with high-end fit and finish really sets the Mazda2 apart from its rivals.
Supportive front seats are covered in black cloth with the Maxx sedan receiving red accents to offer a more premium cabin.
The excellent MZD connect system is standard on the Maxx offering integrated sat nav, internet radio and communication functionality. Neo receive a standard AM/FM radio with basic Bluetooth. Both models come with a CD player, USB and Aux jacks.
The luggage capacity for the Mazda2 sedan is an impressive 440 litres which is 190 litres more than the Mazda2 hatchback. According to Mazda you can fit two sets of golf cubs in the boot of the Mazda2 sedan.
Mazda2 Sedan Exterior & Styling
The Mazda2 sedan sports the latest in the company’s ‘Kodo’ design language and just like the hatch the A-pillars have been moved back 80mm, which makes the bonnet look longer and more powerful. To assist the powerful stance the four wheels have been positioned as close as possible to the four corners of the car.
Like the Mazda2 hatchback the sedan feature flared fenders and kicked-up rear shoulders to help make the sedan look like its moving forward.
Measuring in at 4,320mm length, 1695mm width and 1470mm in height the sedan models are longer and lower than it hatchback sibling.
At the front the chrome wing grille matches that of the Mazda2 hatchback in being set as low as possible with the wing stretching across to join the complex headlights.
Mazda has made a concerted effort to make the Mazda2 sedan look more premium by integrating the taillights in to the tailgate.
The Mazda2 sedan is available in eight colours with Titanium Flash mica (brown) exclusive to the sedan.
Mazda2 Sedan On the Road
CarShowroom.com.au sampled the Mazda2 sedan on the inner city roads around Adelaide with a quick blast over the hills towards Harndorf.
We jumped behind the wheel of the Mazda2 Maxx sedan with a six-speed manual transmission, before jumping behind the wheel of a Mazda 2 Neo auto and then rounded out the drive in a Mazda2 matched to a six-speed manual.
Just like the hatchback the ride and handling all models was top notch. The six-speed manual transmission has a premium feel to it and leaves other similar cars in this price bracket in its wake.
Over the Adelaide hills the six-speed automatic surprised us, just like the manual the auto performed well above our expectations.
The lack of a touchscreen in the entry level Neo sedan is disappointing cars in the price range are now starting to have this common piece of kit.
The lack of reversing camera across the range, as standard also doesn’t go unnoticed.
Mazda2 Sedan Verdict
There is no doubt that the Mazda2 sedan is a clear winner in this segment when it comes to quality, style and price.
In fact we can easily say the the Mazda2 sedan is best in class. It has its small sedan rivals covered in all areas.
The designer’s set out to deliver a small sedan with premium looks and style - they succeeded! Add to that Mazda quality, customer service and keen pricing and you have a clear winner.
Mazda2 Sedan Competition
Hyundai has just accounted a price cut for the Hyundai Accent sedan as it looks to replace the axed Hyundai i20. Priced from $14,990 the Hyundai Accent sedan is powered by 90kW 1.6-litre petrol engine paired with either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed auto transmission.
Mitsubishi Mirage starts from $14,490 for the 3-cyclinder 1.2-litre petrol engine.
Holden Barina from $15,890 is powered by a 4 cylinder 1,6-litre petrol that uses a claimed 6.8l per 100km.
Toyota Yaris Sedan starts at $17,490 and has a 4 cylinder 1.5-litre engine with 5 speed manual transmission.
Honda City Sedan starts from $15,990 and comes with a 4 cylinder 1.5-litre engine and a 5 speed manual transmission.